Because of the varying ages of the kids, I decided on 2 different styles of mosaics for our craft project. The first: We used cut paper squares to fill in a pattern I hand drew that represented the Mediterranean Sea. Here is the before and after of the paper mosaic:
Because of the strong wind we decided to move the adventure indoors. It gave us an opportunity to use little trinkets we collected over the years from friends and family that have traveled to Greece such as the miniature Parthenon. The kids colored their flags, and practiced spelling and locating Greece on the map.
Today, I would have loved to have a couple of Greek moms in my kitchen with me to help with meal preparations. I have a Greek cookbook, and it is not very often that you will come across an authentic recipe that takes less than 3 hours and feeds less than 20. Food and family meals are important traditions in the Greek household. I was able to find dolmades (stuffed grapevine leaves), and tiropitakia (filo dough stuffed cheese triangles) already prepared. I was hoping to find the spanakopitakia (small spinach stuffed filo triangles) but the store was out presumably because Greek Independence Day is right around the corner. All I had to do was season the meat for the bifteki souvlaki, and cut the horiatiki salad (no lettuce in this salad!). I am so thankful to live in a city where finding international foods is as easy as visiting the local supermarket. It makes Travel on Tuesday that much easier to not have the pressure of doing it all yourself, or making everything from scratch.
During dinner we talked about 2 important events. The first is that the ancient Greeks invented democracy and that we are in a major election year here in the United States. My oldest (in middle school) is learning about the constitution of the United States and was fascinated with the fact that ideals about our government are rooted in ancient Greek political culture.
The second thing we discussed is the Olympic Games which were also invented by the ancient Greeks. If you ever watch the Olympic Games, you will notice that the Greek Olympians (and the Greek flag) are the first to parade in opening and closing ceremonies even though all other countries march alphabetically. That is to honor them as inventors of this world-wide sport which promoted peace between countries during ancient times and still supports the same mission. Get ready for this year’s summer Olympics in London by visiting this link: www.london2012.com.
The only rule we have had with Travel on Tuesday since its inception in 2002 is that we do not repeat the same country in a year. However, since the kids always enjoy Travel on Tuesday to Greece, we “make it out there” at least once a year! :)
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